URIC ACID AND COGNITION
ANCHOR LEAD: URIC ACID LEVELS MAY AFFECT THINKING IN OLDER FOLKS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Uric acid is the culprit that causes gout. When levels of uric acid are high in someone’s blood, crystals of the chemical form in joints, causing pain and disability. Now a Johns Hopkins study has shown that even in people with what are considered high normal levels of uric acid, a negative effect is seen. David Schretlen, the study’s lead author, explains.
SCHRETLEN: We found that among elderly adults, those who were in the highest 25% of the normal range, men and women, for uric acid, also performed in the lowest 25% of the population on a variety of measures memory, processing speed, and psychomotor speed. That study made us realize that there appears to be a pretty substantial relationship between uric acid and cognitive function, at least in late life. :30
Measuring uric acid levels may soon become routine. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.